Lwemiyaga County MP Hon Theodore Ssekikubo has Monday been taken to Masaka High Court under tight police protection.
The MP is accused of inciting violence against Law enforcement officers and attempted murder.
Uganda Radio Network [URN] reported that police in Masaka Sub Region amended the charge sheet for Ssekikubo and preferred a fresh charge of attempted murder against him.
Ssekikubo was arrested Friday morning amid a scuffle between police and herdsmen who attempted to forcefully enter Lwemiyaga cattle market and sell their cows.
Police had a week earlier closed the market following reported outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the area.
The southern regional police spokesperson, Paul Kanagave, told URN the lawmaker was to be charged with assault, inciting violence and malicious damage to property.
His fellow lawmaker Hanifa Kawooya (Woman MP Sembabule District) visited him at Masaka Central Police Station cells.
Kawooya wondered why police waited to arrest the legislator after raising concern on illegal cattle quarantine imposed in the area.
She promised to start from where Ssekikubo stopped.
“The people of Lwemiyaga should be informed about the issue of imposing an illegal quarantine in their area because it now an issue of national importance,” she said.
On Sunday evening, police added a charge of attempted murder against the MP, an offence reportedly committed during the ruling NRM party primaries in 2010.
Ssekikubo reportedly shot Habibu Nsamba Kanyarutokye, a security operative, in the private parts during the hotly contested party primaries where Ssekikubo was contesting with Patrick Nkalubo.
His lawyer, Deo Musoke, accused police of preferring trumped up charges against his client and keeping him in cells beyond the recommended 48 hours.
The lawyer told URN if the new charge is criminal offence, the MP could not participate in two elections that is 2011 and 2016.
The complainant is Sembabule District police commander Denis Musinguzi but the case was withdrawn after the complainant lacked enough evidence.
Masaka Regional Police Commander, Enock Abaine, insisted Ssekikubo will be arraigned in court to face fresh charges.
Meanwhile, Ssekikubo blamed his current woes on Security Minister, Gen Elly Tumwine who he accuses of enforcing the quarantine to create a monopoly and profiteer from cattle trade with his business associates at the expense of local livestock farmers.
He claims that although there hasn’t been any confirmed case of the foot-and-mouth disease in Lwemiyiga County, the security agencies have insisted on closing cattle markets in total disregard of the provisions of the Animal Diseases Act that only mandates the Commissioner Animal Health to issue such directives.
Ssekikubo told URN that prior to his arrest on Friday, hundreds of residents petitioned Parliament on Tuesday complaining about the persecution by the security Minister disguised in enforcement of quarantine.
According tohim, enforcing a false quarantine in Lwemiyaga is a deliberate ploy to compel farmers to sell off their livestock at a giveaway price in markets in the neighbouring districts that are already manipulated by Gen Tumwine’s associates.
General Tumwine, in turn, described his accusers as hopeless fellows craving for public sympathy after committing offenses.
“All that is hopelessness. He’s just trying to be heard or be seen trying to do something. It’s not only his area that is under quarantine. The whole of Sembabule District is under quarantine…in a written document regarding why and how quarantine should be managed which was passed by Cabinet, first of all every citizen has a role against anybody who breaks the law. Once an area is declare under quarantine, it is the security forces which enforce,” Gen Tumwine told URN in a telephone interview.